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Dine + Cash

In case you missed it, Restaurants Plus is live and now we are celebrating all the great food and even greater savings.

Dine at any of our participating restaurants and bars in Atlanta, San Francisco or Washington, DC and receive 100% cashback, up to $15, per transaction, per day from Monday, February 1 through Sunday, February 7.

You read that right. Earn up to $15 at a Restaurants Plus spot each day, all week long. If you spend $5, you’ll get $5 back. If you spend $15 or more, you’ll get $15 back. Once you’ve signed up for Restaurants Plus – we can help you with that right here – you’ll get cash back as you dine. Let’s eat.



New Year, New You

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.52.50 PMAs fun as the holidays were with friends, family, and your nine nieces and nephews under 5-years-old can be, the happy chaos can take its toll.

First thing’s first — take a nap, you’ve earned it! Then, it’s time to bring the focus back to yours truly. We’re here with resolution solutions for whatever you’re looking to achieve in 2016:

Stay on top of your book club or learn a new language with Audible.com. $9 gets you 3 months (a $45 value) with the popular audio entertainment platform you can listen to on the go.

Grow your (already awesome) skill sets with online classes for yoga, sports nutrition, makeup artistry, app design, bartending, and more. Most of these courses are on-demand so you can train at your own pace and in the comfiness of your favorite slippers.

Get back into wellness via farm-fresh, home-delivered meals or just juice it with locally-sourced juices brought to your front doorstep. And if at nighttime or before daybreak are your only exercise opportunities, sweat safely with LED sneaker clips or solar lights for your bike.

Satiate that travel bug with vacation deals perfect for any type of traveler, like Iceland (flights included), Dominican Republic, Vermont, Boston, Dubai (also with flights)… whatever adventure you choose, you’re sure to save.

Today resolve to save even more on an already great deal when you use the promo code NEWYEAR at checkout. We hope this extra 16% off sends you sweetly into the new year!

The Race for the Right Gift


It’s that week, shipping deadlines are now a dangerous game, and the thought of battling the pre-Christmas crowds is a feat for mightier mortals.

At the same time, you don’t want your beloved, adoring, and well-deserving family and friends to think you waited till the last minute to get their gift.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — we are here to help.

Pick anyone on your list and match them up with an experience (always the right size!) that is sure to delight. Theatre tickets for mom, vineyard tour for dad, ski trip for you and the whole family, massage for your best friend, whiskey tasting for hubby, or a paint night with the kids.

You can email your gift to the lucky recipient or print a voucher for a more traditional exchange…

  1. Find the deal you would like to gift
  2. Click ‘buy now’

  3. Select the quantity from the ‘gifts’ drop-down menu
  4. Choose how you would like the gift sent 

  5. Fill in the contact information for your lucky recipient (depending on the option you select: enter name, email address, shipping information, and/or personal message).
  6. Hit ‘send my gift’ and tada — gifting is complete!

Read more about our handy tips for great gifting.

Sit back, relax, and if you need some inspiration check out what these kind folks shared with us about about giving.

Merry and Bright with ZooLights


ZooLights is a favorite holiday tradition for many DC residents. We caught up with Jackie Vinick, the Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at Friends of the National Zoo, about one of the beloved institution’s most popular events.

We have, of course, been to ZooLights, but tell everyone else what it is.

ZooLights is a free, family-friendly holiday lights show at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, a 163-acre zoological park that is home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. It runs from Nov. 27 – Jan. 2 (with the exception of Dec. 24, 25 and 31) from 5-9 pm every night.

So… how many lights in ZooLights?

The event features more than 500,000 LED lights and includes customized, animated light sculptures that match the Zoo’s collection. Guests enjoy seeing running cheetahs, soaring eagles, leaping frogs, and other beautiful light displays. The event also includes festive decorations, a laser light show, a gingerbread house competition, rides, and performances by area school children.

How did this start?

Together with our partner, Pepco, the event began as a small holiday light show in 2007. With Pepco’s support, the event has grown over the last nine years and has become a favorite holiday tradition among Washingtonians.

How many people attend every year?

Nine years ago, the event was ticketed. We initially welcomed 35,000 guests, and it has grown and is now a free event with attendance of more than 200,000 in 2014.

Are there actual animals to see? [You know we are all naked mole rat fans ever since they starred in that adorable Valentine’s Day promo.]

Yes, there are animals – thaw your paws in our exhibit buildings and see our nocturnal critters! The Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Kids’ Farm will be open every night. Make sure to see:

Two-toed sloths Vlad and Ms. Chips (not moving fast but moving!)

Southern tamanduas (aka lesser anteater) Manny and Cayanne

Sand cats Thor and Lulu

How are the funds from ZooLights used?

The funds support the National Zoo’s critical science, conservation. and education programs.

Anything else we need to know?

We encourage visitors and friends to share the ZooLights excitement with the world! You can help us by voting now to make ZooLights #1 on USA Today’s list of holiday light celebrations.


Thanks Jackie! LivingSocial is a proud partner of ZooLights so let’s make sure everyone else knows how special it is too!

Learn more about ZooLights here.

Staff Picks, Holiday Edition

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No one knows the breadth of great LivingSocial gifting options like our own employees. With just 10 days left until Santa’s arrival, we asked around about what dream deal or experience is on the tippy-top of their list this holiday:


An escape to Costa Rica! I’ve been twice before and it is such a beautiful, friendly, and adventurous place. I’d enjoy taking my kids to see the rainforest, and spend time relaxing on the beach. I’d also like to get an onboarding class at Crossfit Metro Center — they have great staff and facilities, and I’m planning to pack on the pounds over the holidays. It would be great to kick off the New Year toward a healthier, fitter me.
Nick, product

On my list this year is a spring trip to Bali to relieve holiday stress. Realistically though, I am hoping for this juice cleanse to help balance out all the food I am eating over the holidays!
Mary, internal communications

It’s always great to out of the city on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy the fresh air, rolling hills, and scenic views of Virginia. The only thing that could make that better is a trip to a local winery with money to spend on whatever you fancy. A glass of wine shared with friends would surely help make the season brighter!
Conrad, strategic initiatives

A weekend trip to NYC, including a stay at the Algonquin Hotel (stayed there before, and the hotel is just wonderful). Most importantly though: tickets to Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I just love the idea of dressing up, and going out to see a great performance. And afterwards drinks at one of the many great bars in NYC, and possibly taking pictures of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
Jette, email marketing

Since we all need to relax after the holidays, this acupuncture treatment would be my obvious choice. Some of us might not be totally sure about the “rejuvenation” effect, but the healing factor comes as a blessing after so much food, drinks, and social conversation brought to us by the festive occasion.
Sergio, human resources

My dream experience would be a professional photographer to come on site to our home and take family portraits. What better time than the holidays when your family is altogether? Memories are all we have.  
Angela, ux design

Mine would be the Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Distillery Tour. I always relish the chance to do new things around DC and the distillery tour would give me an opportunity to go somewhere new and teach me a little something in the process. If I found this voucher wrapped for me this holiday season, I would be very happy with whoever got me it and maybe even let them be my plus one on the tour. 
Mitchell, business intelligence

You may think it’s off to dream of a hot air balloon ride when you’re terrified of heights, but this flight strikes me as the best way to cure it. What better way to face your fears than having the wind in your face and your favorite person by your side, while gliding over the dramatic views of the Shenandoah Valley?
Amanda, consumer marketing

My dream LivingSocial experience to receive as a gift this holiday season would definitely be the Harry & David: Maverick® Royal Riviera® Pears. My family would often order these delicious treats around the holidays, and I can’t imagine Christmas without them!
Brittany, customer service